Angaria delphinus   (Linnaeus,  1758) (Sea Snail)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gastropoda

Size: 6 cm high, 7 cm wide.

Color: Grey, cream or rose-tinted base, the crowded cords and spines are purple-black or purple-rose so that color may dominate.

Spire flat, early whorls, sharply angulate at the shoulders, each with six angulate corners, body whorl rounded, sometimes only loosely attached at the suture, or even quite separate toward the lip, aperture round, peristome more or less entire, often produced anteriorly, silvery smooth within, sculptured with roughly squamose spiral cords and about six spiral rows of hollow spines, the shoulder row often long and curved.

Synonym (s)
Delphinula aculeata Reeve, 1842
Delphinula atrata Reeve, 1842
Delphinula coronata Adams A, 1850
Delphinula formosa Reeve, 1842
Delphinula imperialis Reeve, 1843
Delphinula incisa Reeve, 1842
Delphinula laciniata Lamarck, 1822
Delphinula melanacantha Reeve, 1842
Delphinula nodosus Reeve, 1843
Turbo delphinus Linaeus, 1758
Angaria delphinus f. martinii (A. Adams, 1854)
Angaria laciniata (Lamarck, 1816)
Angarina delphinus f. incisa (Reeve, 1843)
Turbo distortus Linnaeus, 1758

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Reef Associated


• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman (Lat: 10) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Havelock (Lat: 11.97) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Port Blair (Lat: 11.67) (Long: 92.75) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Neil Island (Lat: 11.83) (Long: 93.05) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Ross Island (Lat: 11.67) (Long: 92.77) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Nancowry INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Nicobar INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Tikadar, BK; Daniel, A and Subbarao, NV (1986) Sea shore animals of Andaman and Nicobar Islands The Director, ZSI, Kolkatta 188 Available at - ZSI, Pune
  • Subba Rao, NV and Dey, A (2000) Catalogue of marine molluscs of Andaman and Nicobar Islands Occasional paper no 187 Records of the Zoological Survey of India ZSI 1-323 Available at - NCL, Pune
  • OBIS Indo-Pacific molluscan database Available at -
  • Gulbin, VV and Evseev, GA (1997) Intertidal Prosobranch Gastropods of Vietnam Galaxea Ryukyus University, Japan 13(2) 157-166 Available at - NIO, RC Kochi
  • Wilson, B; Wilson, C and Baker, P (1993) Australian marine shells 1 1-408 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Eddie, H Hardy's internet guide to marine gastropods Available at -
  • Marine Biological Station, Chennai, Tamil Nadu (2003) Checklist of marine fauna of Tamil Nadu Department of Environment, Government of Tamil Nadu Available at -
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -

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